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Daybreak 2250 A.D.

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,193 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind's hopes.
But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.

Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a sil
Mass Market Paperback, 191 pages
Published 1951 by Ace Books
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Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Let's get one thing right out of the way - this is not high literature. It is a pulpy story, well-written. "Solid" is the word that comes to mind, but not mind-bending by any means. If you're looking for a golden age scifi post-apocalyptic book that fills your need for post-atomic mutants and radiation porn, it's adequate to the task.

That said, this is one of the earliest examples of post-nuclear holocaust fiction. One can see how other books, movies, and even games dipped deeply into this work.
Nikki Barnabee
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this is 7th grade, then re-read it in high school. I love futuristic, after-the-nuclear-holocaust tales, and who couldn't get into scenes of long-deserted, half-destroyed cities being explored by a boy and his big cat? ;-} Humans are now tribal, hunt with spears, etc., and there are intense battles with nasty, violent creatures who slink through the cities, but my favorite scene was the one in which we see the childlike joy experienced by Fors when he discovers an amazing modern invention ...more
The thing about reading so-called "Golden Age" science fiction (or at least Silver Age) is you always have to remember that the stories were written in a different time. A time when the world that we now live in was the stuff of science fiction and the world as it existed ,when the writer was creating, influenced him or her.

Now at this point you are say, "No kidding Captain Obvious?"

Yes I know. I hear what you're saying and the sarcasm is very.....obvious. Nevertheless it needs to be stated. S
Louis Shalako
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few science fiction books around the house when I was younger. Probably the one book that hooked me on SF. Andre Norton is better known for more recent fantasy, and her rocket and ray guns books of the fifties and sixties, but this one is apocalyptic SF. It had a big influence on me, as you can imagine. Other of her works were a little disappointing, after re-reading them three decades later. I would like to read this one again. If the only Andre Norton book you have ever read was 'Re ...more
Deborah Lightfoot
This was the first book I ever bought for myself, with my own money. It made me a fan of Andre Norton and started me reading science fiction and fantasy. In short, it was my gateway drug to adventure. Thank you, Ms. Norton.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking for this title for 10 years. Until I came to goodreads, I had been rebuffed in my search for the title because I could not remember if it was 2025 or not. By digging, Andre Norton's name came up, and I remembered. This was one of the books that really made me think about the aftermath of our egos, nuclear war, and survivors.
Bree Brouwer
Norton's writing is a solid example of a traditional, classic novel from the Golden Age of science fiction, with somewhat lofty and descriptive overtones, but modern readers used to more decisive plots and immediate action will most likely find it difficult to get through.

The story is written in much of an epic styles, where the hero Fors risks becoming an outlaw so he can make a name for himself to prove he belongs in his clan despite his mutant genes. He goes from one place to another, seeing
Rereading this, I'm struck by two things.

Andre Norton was no racist. And Andre Norton was a racist.

It's impressive that Norton had the nerve to be able to write “And color of skin, or eyes, or the customs of a man’s tribe must mean no more to strangers when meeting than the dust they wash from their hands before they take meat.

Brave words for 1940's America, when such words could have got her into serious trouble.

But then she ruins the entire sentiment by just transferring all prejudice
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite scifi coming-of-age novel from my middle school years.
Orlando Falvo
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book I ever purchased and read, cover to cover.A real accomplishment for a 2nd grader in the 60's. I loved the story because it reflected my own.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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